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Major Cities Thrown Into Darkness As Power Grid Collapses Again

National grid collapsed again, yesterday, throwing most part of the country into darkness.

The system collapsed at about 1pm cutting down electricity from 4,032.80 megawatts at about 12pm to 43 megawatts 1pm and a meagre 303 megawatts at about 5:00 pm.

This is as the Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN), said electricity supply has been restored in many parts of the country after the national grid system experienced total collapsed this afternoon.

Most DisCos confirmed that their feeders are out even as the over 22 electricity plants on the grid were all reading zero megawatts as of 5pm going by the data available on the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s System Network.

The national grid has failed many times this year alone even as the grid has collapsed for about 138 times in the last one decade.

According to sources at the National Control Centre at Osogbo in Osun State, the national grid collapsed at 13.49 pm.

The sources provided no information on the cause of the system failure or when power is expected to be restored.

Meanwhile, Aba Power Ltd has notified consumers in its ring-fenced area covering nine Local Government Areas in Abia State its services of the development.

Apologising for the blackout, the utility firm, Nigeria’s 12th distribution company, pledged to resume power supply once the “problem is sorted out”.

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In a statement signed by Patrick Umeh, the Aba Power Managing Director, who used to be a commissioner with the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the company said, “The NCC engineers are sparing no effort to restore electricity throughout the country as soon as possible”.

Also, parts of Lagos State was thrown into hours of darkness.

Though our correspondent could not independently verify the spread of the incident, a message delivered by Ikeja Electric to customers apologised for the long period of outage.

The DisCo said, ‘Dear Prestige Customer, Kindly be informed that the present outage is due to a fault in the system collapse. Supply will be restored as soon as possible. Kindly bear with us”.

Meanwhile the TCN said presently, power supply has been restored except for the Jos axis, which will soon have supply within the hour.

Spokesperson of TCN, Ndidi Mbah announced in a terse statement she issued this evening that the collapse happened by 13.49 this afternoon. It is now fully restored by 18.51

The National Grid, transmitting electricity to millions of households across Nigeria, has experienced collapsed severally in recent times.

In each occasion the National Grid collapsed it will leave millions of citizens without electricity supply.

Although, the cause of today’s collapse is yet to be ascertained by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, even as it confirmed the incident.

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